Stress can feel overwhelming, and our emotions in response to stress often get in the way of our ability to stay calm or return to a relaxed state. Regulating emotions and stress management are part of a foundation for healthy hormones, proper digestion, better sleep, improved energy levels, and clearer brain function (memory and clarity of thought).
In a stressed state, your nervous system is in a fight/flight/freeze (or Sympathetic) state. In a calm state, your nervous system is in a rest/digest (or Parasympathetic) state. In a coherent state, your nervous system can easily, effectively, and appropriately adapt to the environment and its stressors, activating the parasympathetic nervous system.
HeartMath uses techniques and tools to help you manage stress and your emotional response to stressors, and ultimately supports your nervous system to be in a coherent state.
A heart-rate monitor is placed on your earlobe or finger, and the HeartMath emWave system looks at your heart-rate-variability (HRV) (the amount of time between beats); an indicator of how your nervous system is functioning. The heart-rate monitor will graph your heart’s changing rhythms in real-time, while your HeartMath certified healthcare practitioner works with you to train your nervous system to come into a calm, resilient state, with techniques unique to the HeartMath system.
HRV is a measure of health, fitness, and ageing. The better our variability, the better our adaptation to stress (and the better our ability to slow the effects of ageing). HRV is also a measure of emotional resilience. The more time we spend in anger, frustration, and anxiety, the more erratic the HRV becomes. HeartMath trains your nervous system to spend more time in a harmonious, smooth, and coherent pattern.